March 22, 2014
By Tina Chandler
"You can’t handle the truth." A line from a movie a few years back. It’s the truth – sometimes truth is a bitter pill. Sometimes, it’s hard to hear and certainly hard to accept.
"You will not get in trouble for telling the truth. You might get in trouble for what you did, though." Ever hear those words from your parents’ mouths? I did. And I say them to my son! Never thought THAT would happen!
Is there an appropriate time to lie? That has been the subject of countless debates and arguments. Most (I venture to say ALL) of us have lied at some point in our lives – when we were kids, teens, adults, long ago, recently, continually. Where do you fit? More than one place, I’d bet. But is it OK to tell even a little white lie? Harmless? Not so fast. Every action, word or deed has a consequence – good, bad, deliberate, unintended.
You may or may not agree with me, but I believe lying is a seed from which more lies grow and invade all areas of our lives. Let me be the 1st to claim my lies. I know them, others have heard them – believed them or saw right through them, God knows them. While it may "help" in the short-term, telling a lie breeds distrust. As hard as it may be to face the situation, it is far better to tell the truth and deal with the consequences of the actual circumstance than to compound the problem and have to deal with the lies as well. Reputation and credibility are hard to come by.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. That holds true even for those who don’t believe in God. Your Momma taught you not to lie – and if she didn’t, shame on her.